May 2, 2012

FVCC to Graduate Record Class

Flathead Valley Community College will graduate its largest class in its 44-year history May 11 at 7 p.m. during the college’s spring 2012 commencement exercise.  The ceremony will take place in the trade center building at the Flathead County Fairgrounds on 265 North Meridian Road in Kalispell.

During the ceremony, 310 FVCC students will be recognized for completing graduation requirements for the spring 2012 semester.  Commencement speaker will be former Kalispell Police Chief and FVCC alumnus Frank Garner.

FVCC plans to award 150 Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees, 120 Associate of Applied Science Degrees and 40 certificates to spring 2012 graduates.  In addition, FVCC will recognize 62 summer 2011 graduates and 86 fall 2011 graduates for a grand total of 458 degrees and certificates for the 2011-2012 academic year.

During the ceremony, FVCC President Jane Karas, Ph.D., will recognize three noteworthy award recipients.  She will present paramedicine graduate Corey Ledbetter the Newman Civic Fellow Award from Campus Compact.  Ledbetter is one of 162 students across the nation to receive the national award that recognizes inspiring college student leaders who have worked to find solutions for challenges facing their communities and who demonstrate a personal commitment to creating lasting change to better their communities while making the most of their college experiences.  Karas also will acknowledge transfer student, Anmol Manchala as one of 60 students in the nation and the first FVCC student in history to be awarded the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.  This scholarship honors the nation’s top community college students by providing each of them up to $30,000 per year for up to three years to complete their bachelor degrees at any four-year college or university of their choice in the United States.  Karas will follow with the presentation of her seventh annual Montana Mentor Award to a community leader who every day inspires Montanans with leadership, vision, integrity and passion and who exemplifies the meaning of mentor.

Refreshments will be served immediately following the ceremony.  For more information, contact Registrar Marlene Stoltz by calling 756-3846 or by emailing